Behind Closed Doors: A True Story of Abuse, Neglect and Survival Against the Odds

Behind Closed Doors: A True Story of Abuse, Neglect and Survival Against the Odds

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By (author) Jenny Tomlin

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 178mm x 24mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340837926
  • ISBN 13: 9780340837924
  • Illustrations note: 8pp b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 131,174

Product description

Jenny grew up in a house where no-one was safe. Born one of five children in the East End, her childhood was spent in squalor and terror. Her father's violent beatings, humiliations, and sexual abuse were part of daily life; her mother - also his sexual victim and savagely beaten - was no source of help. Deprived of love and all comforts, the children would turn to each other for support and to the only adult they could trust, Auntie. This is the story of how Jenny, her sister Kim and brother Laurence, not only survived but ultimately transcended the unimaginable degradations heaped on them. With the power of love, cunning, the blackest of black humour and an indestructible self-belief, Jenny eventually broke free of her past.

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Author information

Jenny Tomlin educated herself to A level standard and started writing a few years ago. She is now happily married and living in France. Her most fulfilling roles have been as loving wife to Alan and mother to her children - celebrated actress Martine McCutcheon and her son LJ - giving them the stability and love she never received herself.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

My god this book had me crying and squirming in my seat as i read it. Its hard to believe that something so wrong could happen and nothing be done about it. This book really got to me it was so good to see that the children had some one normal in their lives to show thwm that life wasnt meant to be like that. The aunt really was wonderful.There are so many pople in this world that have been put through this sort of abuse and to actually see it in black and white really made me cry. I loved this book so much that as soon as the next book came out i bought it immediately

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This woman is an inspiration and I am honoured to call her my mum Martine McCutcheon I'm really proud of Jenny. She has put into words our terrible start in life and made me look openly at who I was and how far I have come. We managed to break free and build a life for oursleves. Now it's time to stop covering the subject in shame. Kim Challoner, Jenny's sister